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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

You're Now Entering the Yarnosphere

You're Now Entering the Yarnosphere

Knitters are set to purl their way to Costa Mesa for one mega meet-up. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013 at 6:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Big Squeeze Sounds in Costa Mesa

The Big Squeeze Sounds in Costa Mesa

Masters of the bellows make for Orange County (with accordions in tow). Read »

Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Free OC Flicks with Theatrical Ties

Free OC Flicks with Theatrical Ties

The Segerstrom Center's popular Movie Mondays are set to unspool. Read »

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 8:03 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The '80s Visit Costa Mesa

The '80s Visit Costa Mesa

A Day-Glo party precedes "Flashdance -- The Musical." Leg warmers on! Read »

Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

75+ Vendors: SoCal Spring Garden Show

75+ Vendors: SoCal Spring Garden Show

Make for Costa Mesa and get your little patch o' land shipshape. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 4:48 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

It's a Big, Big, Big Pet Expo

It's a Big, Big, Big Pet Expo

Dogs, cats, and all sorts of beasties are the stars in Costa Mesa. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 6:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pow! A Live-Action Comic Book

Pow! A Live-Action Comic Book

Two nights of "Pow!" and "Zap!" head for a Costa Mesa stage. Read »

Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 at 4:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin

An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin

The comedian will reprise some favorites, for one night only, in Costa Mesa. Read »

Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 at 8:47 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

"Wicked" Casts a Bit of Magic: A Ticket Lottery

"Wicked" Casts a Bit of Magic: A Ticket Lottery

The Segerstrom Center announces a lottery for day-of seats. Read »

Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 at 12:48 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey Jazz Festival Goes on the Road

Monterey Jazz Festival Goes on the Road

The celebrated music festival spends a day in Orange County. Read »

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A good time is just a short drive away, and Worth the Drive points you in the right direction. It's a daily look at nearby getaways, festivals and sweet deals.
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ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER Alysia Gray Painter has blogged for NBCLA.com since October 2008, covering Los Angeles go-outs, restaurants, museums, hotels, as well as nearby Worth the Drive destinations. She served as the West Coast Managing Editor for AOL CityGuide, as well as the Los Angeles editor; she has also written for Bark magazine, McSweeney's, Modern Humorist, and PBS programs and publications.